Education budget ‘invests heavily’ in young people

Published on Thursday, 20 September 2012 15:40
Posted by Scott Buckler

College numbers will be protected, university and training places will increase and up to 10,000 young people could benefit from support for jobs, Education Secretary Michael Russell said today

The 2013-14 education and lifelong learning budget includes:

  • £50 million for the Early Years Change fund during the course of this Parliament
  • Continued investment to raise attainment through Curriculum for Excellence
  • Delivery of 67 new or refurbished schools, benefiting 69,000 pupils across all of Scotland – 12 more schools than originally planned
  • An extra £17 million for colleges to maintain student numbers and support
  • New college estates valued at over £300 million in Glasgow, Inverness and Kilmarnock
  • New funding of £18 million to support up to 10,000 young people into jobs and the establishment of a new Scottish Energy Skills Academy
  • 25,000 modern apprenticeship starts
  • £31.6 million a year for Education Maintenance Allowances
  • Free higher education and protected student places
  • The best higher student support package in the UK, including minimum income of £7,250

Mr Russell said:

"This budget invests heavily in our children and young people and support our ambition to make Scotland the best place to grow up. We continue to prioritise the early years to get it right from the very start for every child.

"Through Curriculum for Excellence children are now learning differently and better – and the modern schools we are building underpin that.  We are continuing our support for schools and teachers who share our commitment to raise attainment and create a successful workforce of the future.

"Our post 16 reforms are highly ambitious. Regionalisation is helping colleges to better focus on the student and on local labour market needs. We continue to support these changes through an extra £17 million which will maintain both student numbers and financial support to students.

"Equally, we will continue to deliver record levels of funding to universities to keep higher education free and protect places. We have also maintained our pledge to support 25,000 apprenticeship starts in each year of this Parliament as part of our commitment to offer every 16 to 19 year old a place in learning or training.

"At the same time, we have today announced support for up to 10,000 young people into jobs as well as the establishment of a Scottish Energy Skills Academy. Our sustained investment in skills and post 16 education is part of the government's wider measures to accelerate capital investment, support businesses and households in these times of financial pressure, and build a low carbon economy."

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